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Posted: Friday, 18 April 2014 11:20AM

An Easter message from New Orleans Archbishop Aymond

New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond has asked WWL First News to extend his Easter wish to the community.
The Archbishop says his wish for the area is a twofold one.

"That Christ, the Light, will scatter the darkness in our hearts...especially in times of trouble or challenge or burden, where we might feel hopeless or lifeless...that He will scatter the darkness and bring us hope."

"My other hope and prayer and wish is for our city and the metropolitan area," says Aymond. "That the Light of Christ will scatter the darkness that we see from murder and violence and racism, and that we will become a more peace-filled city, open to Christ being our light."

Archbishop Aymond likens this time, the period of three days including Good Friday through Easter Sunday, as a journey that individual Christians can all share in.
"Literally, an opportunity to spiritually walk from Calvary and the crucifixion, accompanying Jesus as He carries the cross to His death. And we wait at the tomb and see the light when the messenger from the Lord comes and says 'He is not here. He is risen.'"

"We really do have the opportunity to walk that journey from the Agony in the Garden, to Calvary, then to the tomb, and then to see the tomb have the stone rolled back...and we are told that He has been raised from the dead."

Hear Archbishop Aymond's entire Easter Message

While Christmas tends to be the Holy Day, or holiday, that gets most of the public attention in the liturgical year, Aymond says it's actually Easter that is really central to Christianity.

"Easter really is the foundational feast of all that we believe in. Because, if Jesus had not died and been raised from the dead, we would not be His disciples, we would not claim Him as Messiah. So, this really is the core feast of our faith as Christians."

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